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Technically, I guess these are M&M cookies, but I call them party cookies.  Almost every birthday party I can remember as a kid had these cookies served.  They are so simple but because of the candy-colored chocolate, they seem like such a happy and fun cookie – perfect for a party or celebration!

In this case, another one of my dear friends had a baby – no better reason to celebrate, right?!   Party cookies were in order and delivered to the happy family!  Since it is the fall season, I used the autumn-colored M&Ms available in stores right now.  If I had been more organized, I would have taken a trip to Party City, Amazon.com, or a large candy store and purchased pink M&M’s (since the new little bundle is a gorgeous baby girl!).  So, learn from my lesson folks:  M&Ms come in any color you want these days so with a little bit of planning you can make these cookies to suit whatever party or occasion you’ve got going on.

To make these ever so slightly different I swapped the plain vanilla pudding mix with a white chocolate pudding mix.  That subtle flavor combined with the milk chocolate M&Ms was excellent.  Try experimenting with other flavors to make your favorite combination – I love to hear your ideas so send me an email or write a comment with details of your own creation.

Party Cookies

  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 (3oz.) package instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine the flour and baking soda and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.  Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended.  Stir in the eggs and vanilla.

Add the flour mixture.

Stir in the M&Ms.  Chill the dough for at least one hour.

Using rounded spoonfuls, place the dough balls onto ungreased cookie sheets (I like to use a silpat liner).

Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown.  They may still look a little under-done.  That’s okay, they’ll keep cooking on the tray as they cool.  Once they are comfortable to touch, transfer to a cooling rack.